Associate Professor, Psychology
B.A. in Psychology and Chinese, Washington University (2001)
Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, University of California, Berkeley (2006)
Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Diego (2006-2008)
Research Interests: Language Development, Language Processing and Comprehension, Dialects, Real-time Measures
I am a developmental psychologist and have been an assistant professor at the University of Puget Sound since 2008. At Puget Sound I teach Introductory Psychology, Developmental Psychology (Prenatal through Childhood), Experimental Methodology and Applied Statistics, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Language Development. My research generally focuses on language comprehension in both monolinguals and bilinguals. Primarily, I use eye-tracking to investigate the real-time processing and comprehension of language, with a specific focus on how language minority children make use of Standard American English grammatical morphology. Recent co-authored articles include "The Role of Orthographic Gender in Cognition" (2008, Center for Research in Language Technical Report) and "Some Cues are Stronger than Others: The (non-) Interpretation of 3rd Person Present –s as a Tense Marker by 6- and 7-year olds" (2009, First Language).